If there is one thread that ties all of my research, it might be a persistent interest in the social connections between individuals and groups. Kinship is one of the most important of these connection types. In addition to genealogical and terminological research on Pakistan, I am also interested in comparative studies of kinship terminologies and practices.

Kinship in Pakistan is one of the entry points for understanding alliance building and rivalries in both urban and rural contexts. In my forthcoming book Political Kinship in Pakistan (Rowman & Littlefield), I explore the role of kinship in the political life of Pakistan.

Signifcant publications

Lyon, Stephen M. 2020. “Potohari Punjabi of Pakistan.” In Native Nations: The Survival of Indigenous Peoples, edited by Sharlotte Neely and Douglas W Hume. J. Charlton Publishing. Cite
Lyon, Stephen M. 2019. Political Kinship in Pakistan: Descent, Marriage and Government Stability. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books. Cite
Lyon, Stephen M. 2017. “On Brothers and Sisters: South Asian and Japanese Idea Systems and Their Consequences.” World Cultures 22 (1). Cite
Lyon, Stephen M, and Muhammad Aurang Zeb Mughal. 2016. “Ties That Bind:Marital Networks and Politics in Punjab, Pakistan.” Structure and Dynamics: EJournal of Anthropological and Related Sciences 9 (2): 110–22. Cite Download
Lyon, Stephen M, Mark A Jamieson, and Michael D Fischer. 2015. “Persistent Cultures: Miskitu Kinship Terminological Fluidity.” Structure and Dynamics: EJournal of Anthropological and Related Sciences 8 (1). Cite
Lyon, Stephen M. 2013. “Networks and Kinship: Formal Models of Alliance, Descent, and Inheritance in a Pakistani Punjabi Village.” Social Science Computer Review 31 (1): 45–55. Cite Download
Lyon, S.M. 2010. “Genealogy, Kinship, and Knowledge: A Cautionary Note about Causation.” Behavioral and Brain Sciences 33 (5). Cite
Lyon, S.M., and S.S. Magliveras. 2006. “Kinship, Computing, and Anthropology.” Social Science Computer Review 24 (1). Cite
Lyon, Stephen M. 2004. An Anthropological Analysis of Local Politics and Patronage in a Pakistani Village. Lampeter: Edwin Mellen Press. Cite